RN to MSN Programs in Ohio

Registered nurses, or RNs, who do not hold a BSN can earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) through RN-to-MSN bridge programs offered at several schools in Ohio. MSN programs often provide customized curriculum to fit student career interests. Read more below. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Franklin University

Franklin University's RN to MSN program is available to registered nurses who have an associate's degree in nursing or a nursing diploma. The program takes between 21 and 30 months and consists of 12-week bridge undergraduate courses followed by either a general MSN curriculum or a family nurse practitioner MSN curriculum.

Lourdes University

Registered nurses can earn a Master of Science in Nursing through Lourdes University's RN-MSN program. The curriculum consists of six undergraduate bridge courses followed by the concentration courses in either nurse education or nurse leadership. The required 61 credits can be completed in as little as ten semesters.

Mount Saint Joseph University

Mount Saint Joseph University's MSN program can be specialized in nursing administration, clinical nurse leader, or nursing education and is available to RNs who have an associate's degree or a non-nursing bachelor's degree. These RN to MSN tracks may require work experience or certain prerequisites, and they may include a 6-course bridge within the first year (which turns a normally six-semester program into a nine-semester program).

Kent State University at Kent

Kent State University requires most applicants to have a BSN, but nurses with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field may be accepted with qualifying nurse experience. Kent State not only offers an online MSN/MBA dual degree option, they also offer the MSN program with concentrations available in adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, pediatric primary care nurse practitioner, women's health nurse practitioner, nursing administration & health systems leadership, and nurse educator.

Xavier University

Xavier University's MSN program is available to RNs who have a BSN, BA or BS in a non-nursing field, or an associate's degree in nursing if certain prerequisite courses are met. The MSN is available to non-BSN holders in the following concentrations: administration, education, forensics, general study (customized), health care law, and informatics. In addition, students can pursue a dual degree of MSN/MBA (Master of Business Administration), MSN/MSCJ (Master of Science in Criminal Justice), or MSN/MEd (Master of Science in Education).

Name of School Program Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Franklin University MSN $16,080
Lourdes University MSN $11,700
Mount Saint Joseph University MSN $13,180
Kent State University at Kent MSN $11,536 in-state, $21,524 out-of-state
Xavier University MSN $11,700

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

How to Earn a Master of Science in Nursing in Ohio

RN to MSN programs in Ohio require applicants to hold a certain amount of clinical work experience as well as an associate's degree in nursing or a nursing diploma. Many of these programs can be completed in three years, and they may include some of the following courses.

Nursing Research

Nursing research courses are often a component of the RN to MSN bridge coursework, and they provide a foundation for nursing research understand and practice. Courses may emphasize the importance of research in nursing practice, providing examples of improvements made through nursing research. Additionally, students may learn how to identify problems, conduct and analyze research, and present solutions based on their findings.

Informatics

Informatics courses provide an overview of the technologies that are currently and were historically used for patient information. Students may explore a variety of health records management and systems and the strengths and weaknesses of each. Other topics covered may include issues with current or retired informatics technologies and approaches, and students may utilize some informatics software in practice.

Nurse Leadership

In a nurse leadership course, students typically explore various factors that affect nursing and healthcare, such as economic, social, and organizational implications. Students may expand on healthcare economics and budgeting as well as prepare theoretical budgets and spreadsheets. Some nurse leadership courses may also discuss financial issues that may arise, including challenges associated with service payments.

Evidence-Based Practice

Many programs contain one or more evidence-based practice courses, which give students a fundamental overview of how to effectively use evidence to improve patient care. Courses may provide instruction on theories and methods that relate to evidence-based practice as well as on how to properly search for and cite scholarly and relevant information. Students will likely be responsible for conducting and compiling research to be used in answering a theoretical or real-world problem.

Pharmacology

Pharmacology courses discuss drugs and their affect on humans of various ages. Students may also review legal and ethical implications and responsibilities relating to drugs in healthcare. Other topics covered may include drug therapies and best practices for prescribing pharmaceuticals.

Multiple schools in Ohio offer MSN programs to registered nurses without a BSN. Many of these programs can be completed in around three years and allow students to select a focus area within their curriculum, such as mental health, women's health, nursing leadership, and family nurse practitioner.

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